Crazy Pretty World

February 4th, 2014

Just the view of Santa Monica bay on my morning commute.

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Winter Sunset at C Street

February 3rd, 2014

We like to head north to Ventura on days when Malibu is flat or big and overcrowded. This was one of those days.

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Board Art

January 31st, 2014

A row of longboards against a wall makes for as good an art installation as any other in my opinion.

I found this picture on my phone from last summer. It was a really fine day at Malibu beach and the surfers were out in force, myself included.

Longboards at Malibu

The Blog Lives!

January 30th, 2014

After letting this poor blog sit neglected for over a year, I thought it would be nice to check in. Little did I know that after three updates of the operating system and SQL database that WordPress had stopped working completely, so you haven’t checked in for quite a while either. Sorry about that, all better now.

The Destruction of Malibu Lagoon

June 15th, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012 marked the beginning of the end for Malibu lagoon. The State of California has seen fit to begin bulldozing the lagoon in an effort to “restore” natural vegetation and animal life, and also to improve the circulation of water through the area to increase the oxygen levels in the water. Having lived in Malibu for some 20 years, and always having loved the lagoon for its beauty and tranquility, I have to question what the State plans to gain from the effort. Instead of the soft earth paths and quaint wooden walking bridges, the lagoon will be given the usual “Tom Sawyer’s Island” treatment: Concrete walking paths, fake stone bridges and those stupid “interpretive” billboards that over time are left to be sun bleached and vandalized.

The lagoon on Wednesday, drained and scraped of life

The protesters who for weeks have held a vigil at the entrance to the lagoon’s public parking lot did a heroic job in letting passersby — and the Malibu City Council — know that this project will not go unremembered. Our city council members claim that the lagoon is in the State’s jurisdiction and that nothing could be done to prevent the project’s go-ahead. As with so many other development efforts in Malibu, this one seems to be surrounded in more baffling layers of mystery than most. All we locals know now is that the lagoon has been stripped, thousands of birds, including the Great Blue Herons so popular with bird watchers, White Egrets, the Tidewater Goby (a truly endandered species) and millions of frogs, lizards and other critters are gone. The state made a show of trying to capture some of the birds and fish for “relocation” but the reality is that they were simply bulldozed out of their homes.

Another disgusting aspect and one that I’m sure the City Council is aware of, is the sheer level of e Coli and other nasty bacteria that the “revitalization effort” has introduced into the already heavily (can you say “F”?) polluted Surfrider beach. I’m not surfing at the world’s most revered break for the foreseeable future, knowing that I’m essentially swimming in raw sewage. It’s hard to get a worse grade than “F’ when it comes to water quality, but somehow the State has pulled it off. I will be amazed if they don’t post hazard signs at the beach for the next few years, and if they don’t I hope the State has earmarked a few million for the class-action lawsuits to follow from all new cases of hepatitis and cholera that will be the result of letting people swim in this muck.

Why couldn’t the state instead put more effort into stemming the horrific flow of effluent from the Tapia canyon, which drains major inland communities like Agoura and Calabasas directly into the lagoon? Of course, that would have been too big a legislative effort, requiring coordination and tax input from two separate counties. Imagine the horror. Red tape and endless legislative debate will always win out over nature and what’s best for the planet.

God Bless America

September 10th, 2011

On the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, please take a moment or two to reflect on how the events of ten years ago changed your life, our country and the world

Banksy Strikes Again

March 7th, 2011

The tank being removed to some art collector's warehouse.

This rusty old water tank on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Santa Monica has become the latest target of celebrity tagger Banksy. It suddenly became very  popular once it became an official work of art. I snapped this picture on my way home Friday night. The tank has apparently been bought by an art collector and is being carted off to who knows where. The CHP is probably relieved because all the gawkers and photographers were creating a traffic hazard.

The sad thing is that the tank was actually a dwelling. I’ve met the old, indigent man who lived in it and am worried now about what will become of him.

I guess Banksy owes him a house. Maybe one not shaped like an elephant.

Another stunner

November 21st, 2010

Another stunner of a sunsetNot to get too carried away with the weather but this sunset was one for the books. Took this tonight as the rain was moving out. It’s from my back patio and was taken with nothing more than my cell phone camera. Claude Monet himself couldn’t pull off these colors.

There will probably be more like this one since another blessed rain is due to arrive in a few days, but I’ll spare you any further gloating. It’s not like Malibu has a patent on pretty pictures, after all.

I’ll be getting back to my usual snarky self soon. Got a major rant brewing on “Private Beach” access … stay tuned.

Drivetime Sunset on PCH

October 6th, 2010

After a few days of much-needed rain, the sunset last night was a stunner. This is on Pacific Coast Highway headed north from Santa Monica towards Malibu. The  picture doesn’t do justice to the color and texture of these clouds. Everyone was driving just a little slower than usual and taking it all in.

I’m always grateful to live in such a beautiful place, on such a beautiful planet. Just need reminders like this every now and again.

Farewell to a Summer That Wasn’t

September 16th, 2010

Gray!The image accompanying this post serves as my visual for the summer of 2010: The Summer That Wasn’t. While it was still a fun-filled two months, we never really saw a decent stretch of sunny weather in Malibu. We were socked-in virtually nonstop. And the water temperature never really climbed out of the mid-50’s either. I can remember summers not too long ago where you had to wear shades constantly and you could get in the water without a full wetsuit.  Ah, those were the days. So while other parts of the country sweltered and even inland areas nearby had bright blue skies daily, we lived in a giant gray sack day in and day out. Is the climate changing? Is this somehow a sign that global warming is starting to show itself? I’m no meteorologist, so I’ll not offer an opinion beyond, “Man, this sucks.”